Benefits and Advantages of Dental Implants
Natural-looking, acting and feeling replacements for missing teeth
Dental implants are designed to integrate into your jawbone just like natural tooth roots. They are usually made of strong and durable titanium, and can often outlast most natural teeth!
Dental implants have become more and more popular over the last 50 years, and especially over the last decade. Today they are considered by dentists worldwide as the “gold standard” in tooth replacement.
Main problems Dentures have that are solved by Dental Implants
- Dentures are unstable and can move during chewing. Additionally, they are incapable of delivering the same chewing forces as natural teeth. People using dentures are forced to restrict their diet. As they can end up avoiding solid food such as vegetables, fruits and meats, their health can be compromised.
- Dentures are fairly bulky and cover the roof of the mouth. This can feel uncomfortable and can also interfere with speech and the sensation of taste.
- Dentures can slip out during eating or speaking. This can be embarassing, to say the least. Additionally, speaking certain words can be more difficult and require more effort.
- Dentures often have an annoying clicking sound while the person is eating. The clicking sound of dentures indicates that they have lost their firmness.
- Dentures have to be removed every day for cleaning. They can also require messy adhesives to keep them in place.
- Probably the most serious issue with dentures, and leaving teeth un-replaced, is bone loss. Teeth and their chewing action are an integral part of the health of the jawbone. When a tooth is lost, the supporting bone loses its stimulation and begins to decrease in density and volume. Research estimates that 25% of bone loss occurs in the first year and continues on. Dental implants keep the jaw bone stimulated and prevent bone loss from occuring.
- Progressive bone loss can cause various complications in denture-wearers. The loss of bone makes it hard to support dentures. In advanced stages of bone loss the nerves become exposed and as a result wearing dentures becomes painful.
- Bone loss affects facial aesthetics. The facial height between the tip of the nose and chin can decrease causing dramatic facial changes. These include pronounced wrinkles around the mouth, thinning lips, dropping curvature of the lips and sagging facial skin. These changes happen with age but are vastly sped up in the case of bone loss.
The advantages of Dental Implants over Dental Bridges
- A dental bridge is made of porcelain false teeth that are supported by adjacent natural teeth. In order to support the bridge, the natural teeth need to be ground down and a crown placed. This is not the case with dental implants.
- Teeth that have been ground down in order to place the bridge are weakened and more sensitive, and more likely to decay.
- With a dental implant there is no necessity to touch healthy adjacent teeth. A dental implant, like a natural tooth, preserves jawbone.
- Bridges tend to have a shorter life span than dental implants. Bridges can be expected to last, on average, 10 to 12 years with good oral hygiene and regular checkups. Dental implants, however, cared for properly (like natural teeth) can potentially last a lifetime.
- With Dental Implants, your mouth will be restored as closely as possible to its natural state.
There are various implant treatment options for missing teeth that can be implemented. Dr. Lee will evaluate your individual situation and recommend the best solution for you.
To schedule an appointment to discuss the different options available, and get your questions answered, call 714.734.9363 or click here to schedule online.